Saturday, 14 May 2022

SwedishLadies in Stories of Paper

Because of the week long Eid holiday I worked at the museum ALL week last week, and as you know, getting dressed up for work is still such a novelty and almost just as much fun as delivering the tours! Here are a few of my museum looks:

One morning I had another tour with the SwedishLadies-group, who wanted to come see the new temporary exhibition - Stories of Paper. It truly is such a beautiful exhibition, so I was really pleased to get to give them a tour there. I think this is my favourite exhibition so far! (Have you heard that before..?)

Of course I wore my special Hokusai t-shirt for the occasion!

We took the group photo down in the Forum, in the labyrinth installation by Pistoletto:

This summer it seems quite a few of the Swedes are moving on from Abu Dhabi, so it was the last tour I got to give some of these girls of my beloved museum. It was a bit sad, as they have really been my biggest supporters ever since I started delivering tours in Swedish, and joined every tour.
Hopefully new Swedes will join the group, so we can arrange many more visits to the museum in the fall!

Monday, 9 May 2022

Here's to the ones that we got

Last Friday it was time to go to Etihad Arena, time for the first big concert experience since before Covid - Maroon 5 was coming to the capital!
I got four tickets hoping that we could go as a family, but it turned out Nathan got an early shift the next day, and Lucas would rather go to the movies with a friend - so it ended up being just Linnea and I, and my colleagues Karina and Kathleen who took over the other two tickets. Girls night out!

I'm no Maroon 5 superfan. Obviously I do enjoy their music but mostly I wanted to go to enjoy a good time out, do something "normal" again, enjoy the crowd, enjoy the vibe and dance the night away.

We sure had a party in our seats, everybody was singing along, dancing and having fun!

Maroon 5 played all their hits - it was a great concert! We had such a good time! Good memories made!

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Two peas in a pod

May is starting with a bang for me. I'm working every day this week, and some, yay!
I don't mind working to support my Muslim colleagues who are celebrating Eid. It is actually Eid holidays all week so Linnea is off school, but Lucas is still having exams. His Maths 1 paper is coming up on Friday.

Yesterday my work wife Kathleen and I were unusually scheduled together. We took the opportunity to brighten up the office through our colourful suits - two peas in a pod!

We had a great day, the compliments were many on our joyful appearance. Although at one stage I felt a little bit like another well coordinated pair...

What do you think? Any resemblance?

Sunday, 1 May 2022

1st May 2022 Covid status

Oh yes, another month with another Covid-report. It feels like we will be some restrictions are here forever... like masks indoors... aaarggghhh.
Not much have changed lately, biggest news came this past Friday when it was announced that all commercial activities now can go back to 100% operating capacity, and the Green Pass validity period is extended from 14 to 30 days.
Of course, it's a good thing not having to take a PCR every 14 days; but you could wonder why bother with them at all at this stage? From a tourism point of view, all it does is deter visitors from coming to Abu Dhabi. Instead they will choose to travel to places without costly PCR-requirements, i.e the other six emirates, or even most other countries at the moment. Ah well, I guess the season is over for now anyway. Hopefully come September, things will have changed, even here. Fingers crossed!

In positive news, today NZ is opening up again for travelers from more than 50 countries by dropping most of their remaining pandemic border restrictions. Whoop-whoop!

So, here are today's numbers from the UAE:
* 240 new cases, from 231,652 tests.
* No new deaths all month. Total death toll from Covid is still 2302.
* 5477 doses of the vaccine was administrated, which makes 97,7% of the population fully vaccinated.

Friday, 29 April 2022

Hilma af Klint

Sadly a couple of my closest friends are moving back to Sweden this summer, which sucks, big time. I guess I'm still in a bit of a denial about it, but it's hard pretending when they start emptying their houses, and selling off things.
We don't need any more furniture, but I still went to have a look at what Petra was getting rid off, and to my joy I found something that I actually had been looking for - a poster that fit right into our living area.

I had an empty space to fill on the wall over the sofa, but since this poster was so big I had to move things around a little bit, and moved the one from this spot to the opposite wall - and hung this here by my reading chair. I LOVE the colours!

Also, it is lovely because this is actually a print by Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), after a painting called No 7, Adulthood from 1907, which is part of The Ten Largest, a series of the Paintings for the Temple. The real painting is very big, measuring 2x3 meters.
Hilma af Klint was an artist that largely worked away from the art world, without participating in exhibitions or publishing manifestos. She also stated that her work was not to be shown at all until 20 years following her death. Discovered largely thanks to the success of exhibitions in the 1980s, and she became a big name after the 2018 exhibition with her works became the most visited exhibition ever at the Guggenheim NY.
Af Klint created abstract art years before Kandinsky, and experimented with drawing guided by the unconscious decades before the Surrealists; she is now considered one of the pioneers of abstraction.

Iftar at the Oasis

Every year I try to go to at least one iftar during Ramadan. Although now I'm saying out loud that next year I will try and do one each week of Ramadan - because they are always really, really nice!

This time I did the 'Iftar at the Oasis' at Park Hyatt, together with a couple of colleagues/friends - Kathleen and Karina. We were dressed for the occasion of course, we fit right into the bedouin themed setting!

As we were a little bit early, we took the opportunity to walk down to the beach and have a little photo session in the beautiful "golden hour"-light.

I was just gifted this gorgeous kaftan earlier in the week by my friend Petra who is (sadly) moving back to Sweden in the summer, as she didn't think it would come to any use back home. Just my colours, and perfect for this occasion!

A groupie shot of me and my "liliput" friends...

... then they made me take a step down from the boardwalk to make it more fair on them! Ha ha!

Once the sun had set and the cannons had been fired, which we watched on big TV-screens, it was time to dig in! The food was absolutely delicious, food always tastes much better when you are outside, and it was a glorious evening with perfect temperatures, in fab company!

We had such a magical evening, what a beautiful setting this was, like straight out of '1001 nights'! With Eid coming up this weekend, I am now already looking forward to next years Ramadan, and iftars!

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Ladies Night - and Ladies Days!

Been having some lovely time with friends lately, making the most of the fantastic weather we are having. It was really hot, then it became bearable again, so now every day feels like a bonus before the  humid summer heat kicks in for real.

Tried out a new Ladies Night last week, at Yas Bay. I had heard a lot of good things about this Ladies Night, and it was really buzzing! So nice to see people! There was no entertainment though, due to Ramadan, so I guess we will have to come back!

I spent the morning on the beach at Hidd yesterday, together with some girls from the SwedishLadies group. And as every time I have these kind of mornings I ask myself "Why don't I do this more often!?". The water was just perfect, the beach is so beautiful, the dolphins came to say hello and even though I came home with the whole beach bag full of sand, it was the perfect morning!

There has been time to enjoy some yummy lunches with friends lately too, some out and about:

... and some at home. Not my home unfortunately, but the balcony of my friend Frida, who has the most enviable view!

Good times!

Monday, 25 April 2022

Blast from the past

Kathleen and I visited another exhibition at Manarat al Saadiyat the other day: 'Zemanna- Replaying the 90s'. An exhibition about the decade that here in the UAE as seen as the beginning of the major change and expansion that this country has gone through.

Artists were commissioned to present some interactive installations, and they each explored this time in different ways. What led to the 1990s and what did the 1990s lead to?
Here is Past Voices, as the cassette culture was something very big here:

The 90s Kid, two time capsules, with a lot of elements that I recognised:

My favourite installation was the Al-Burkan, The Volcano Fountain. A play with the prominent landmark that once stood on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
A mass or everyday items in colour, chunky technology and a wish to be playful. Many, many objects of my youth here! Once these things were super modern, now they are considered vintage. As am I soon!

A very funky little exhibition, both for us 90s kids - but also for OUR kids I guess, to get a glimpse and idea of how the world looked like back then.